When planning a trip to the holy pilgrimage of Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib there are a few places you must visit apart from the Virasat-e-Khalsa. Among places to visit in Anandpur Sahib, is a sanctuary situated about 15 kms from the Gurudwara. With acres of greenery, the Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary. An ideal destination for nature lovers, this place is a nothing less than a treasure for wildlife photographers and adventure enthusiasts.
Situated close to the mighty Sutlej river, the Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of about 289 acres, with about 218 acres belonging to the Jhajjar village, 55 acres to Bachauli, and the remaining to Lamlehri village. It was declared a wildlife reserve in the year 1998. Although the place is open throughout the year, due to the persistent heat in summers, it if often recommended to visit during winters, November to March, owing to the pleasant weather conditions in these months.
Visitors can experience delightful visual treats of unique flora and fauna living in the region. Home to a diverse range of plants and trees like Eucalyptus, Khair, Neem, Shisham, Amla, Subabul etc. the air around the sanctuary has a herbal treat for the human body. Among the fauna, migratory birds who fly in especially during winters to spend the season here can be seen in their natural diaspora. If you are looking for some animal spotting, you’d be lucky to find deer, pangolins, leopards, jungle fowl, monitor lizards, blue bulls, jungle cats, and reptiles like snakes here.
Reaching the Jhajjar Bachauli Wildlife sanctuary is easy. If you are around visiting either of the Gurudwaras in the holy city of Anandpur Sahib, count this as a place to visit as well. It’s just 15 kms from the Gurudwara. A number of local and tourist buses make rounds of the sanctuary throughout the day. You may hire a taxi, drive in your own private car, or board a bus from Anandpur Sahib to reach the sanctuary in about half an hour.